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Light switches allow easy on/off control of light fixtures and other electrical equipment by completing a circuit and letting the electricity run through. Residential-grade and commercial-grade switches are used to control light bulbs, fans, heaters, motors, generators, and other heavy machinery. Single pole switches are used only on one location as an on/off switch, while 3-way and 4-way switches can be paired together to control the electricity from multiple locations. Commercial-grade switches typically carry a higher amp rating because of the higher load that the equipment requires.
Dimmer switches let you have full control of lighting levels around the house. Dimmer light switches can control different load types for LED, CFL, incandescent, fluorescent, magnetic low voltage, and electronic low voltage bulbs. 0-10V dimmers are also available. Some dimmer controls also come with fan speed controls to adjust the speed of ceiling fans in the same switch. Choose from single pole dimmers that control lights with a single switch, 3-way dimmers that have separate controls for dimming and on/off, or multi-location dimmers that control lights from multiple switches and locations.
Fan controls can be the regular switch that turns the ceiling fan on or off or it could have the combination of the toggle switch with a slider that controls the speed of the fan. Fan speed controls are sometimes combined with dimmer switches to control both fan speed and light level from the same switch. Fan control switches also come in single-pole to use with a single switch, or 3-way switches to control speed and on/off separately in other locations.
Choose from in-wall timer switches or timer controls to control functions such as the on and off operations of bulbs and light fixtures, water heaters, fans, sprinklers, and many other devices. Use timers to set when a device will turn on and how long it will stay operational, and also when to turn it off. Time switches help save energy by automating fixture usage at certain time intervals only. In-wall timers can be digital, electronic, mechanical, or spring-wound operations. Timer controls can be mechanical, electronic, astronomic, or electromechanical operations.
Occupancy and vacancy sensors use different sensor technologies to detect motion, heat, or sound. Occupancy sensors automatically turn lights on when the sensor is activated and will turn it off after a set amount of time or when no movement is detected. Vacancy sensors will turn lights off automatically but need to be manually turned on upon entering the room. Sensors use ultrasonic, passive infrared (PIR), or microphonics technology to trigger activation. Time and light-sensitive sensors are also available.